100-year old South Dakota hospital faces closure under VA plan

The Department of Veterans Affairs is moving forward with a plan to close its 100-year-old-hospital campus in Hot Springs, S.D., according to a Rapid City Journal report.

In a 780-page report, the VA outlined its plan to close the hospital campus and spend about $150 million on a new community-based outpatient clinic in Hot Springs. The report also contained plans to build a multispecialty outpatient clinic and a residential rehabilitation center in Rapid City, S.D., which is about 60 miles from Hot Springs.

Under the VA's proposal, most existing medical services offered at the Hot Springs hospital campus would end within two years of adoption of the plan.

The plan calls for cutting about 290 full-time jobs from the Hot Springs VA workforce.

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